Rules are good
Not too many, of course, but we all need structure.
Principles. Boundaries. Limits.
Play around with them.
I did the keto diet for two years. Quite restrictive. In the end, it wasn’t what I wanted. But I still need rules. I can’t just eat whatever the fuck I want whenever I want.
You don’t have to shame yourself if you break the rules you set. Just readjust them until you find a harmony between healthy and doable.
Two cheat meals in a week? Sure.
Seven cheat meals? No.
You have to know where the line is by trying to draw it.
Whatever pulls you away from the life you want to live: porn, procrastination, social media…
Set some rules, stick to them, and see how you respond to following them.
It sounds restricting (and it is, by definition), but just like a budget is a rule for your money, rules for anything else are designed to give you the freedom to live healthily.
And freedom rules (get it?).